North Island road closures: what you need to know


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been undertaking geotechnical assessments in a number of areas where there have been slips onto the road and underneath the road.

We know there’s going to be further need to assess the damage to the network and that will happen as quickly as possible.  

State Highway closures as of 9am

Northland region

SH1 Brynderwyn to Waipu

This stretch of road remains closed from the SH12 intersection to Waipu.

Motorists should expect delays with a detour via Waipu / Mangawhai. Freight and heavy vehicles are advised to detour via SH12. Light vehicles should detour via Waipu/Mangawhai.

Auckland region

SH16 Helensville to Waimauku

Flooding near Bradly Road has closed the road. Please expect delays and use the detour available.

Waikato / Coromandel region

SH2 Mangatawhiri to Maramarua 

Due to flooding and slips, SH2 is closed between Mangatawhiri Rd and Kopuku Rd. There is a detour available but please allow an extra 30 minutes travel time for the detour and expect delays.

SH2 Pokeno to Mangatarata 

Due to a large slip, SH2 is closed between SH25 and SH27. Expect delays through this area and take extra care

SH25 between Coromandel and Whitianga

There are multiple slips, which has forced the closure of this road overnight. Roading contractors are assessing this area today.

SH25A Kopu to Hikuai

The highway remains closed until further notice following a large section of road collapsing  over the weekend

The Tapu-Coroglen and 309 roads are also closed. Detour is State Highway 2 via Karangahake Gorge.

The gorge remains open however we are closely monitoring for any signs of flooding. The DoC carpark is closed and we discourage access to leisure facilities during this time.

SH37 Waitomo

SH37 remains closed between the roundabout at SH3 and Fullerton Road.

Work is being undertaken to reopen this slip to one lane as soon as possible. It is currently passable for 4WDs and trucks.

Hawke’s Bay

SH5 Napier-Taupo

A failed culvert has closed the northbound lane near Tarawera. The road is under stop/go traffic management.

Taranaki region

SH43 Stratford to Taumarunui

The large drop out remains but the road is now open and under stop/go traffic management.

Please check road and weather conditions before your journey:

Waka Kotahi Journeys(external link)

Metservice Weather Warnings(external link)

For more information on the Auckland storm event see:

Auckland Council(external link)

Auckland Transport(external link)

Civil Defence(external link)